Get Ready for Lawn Gnome’s Newest Weekly Show: PEP Rally

Phoenix Educational Programming, or PEP Rally

Phoenix Educational Programming, or PEP Rally


Dec 4 – Ants
Dec 11 – Buoyancy
Dec 18 – Christmas
Jan 8 – Dinosaur
Jan 15 – Etiquette
Jan 22 – France
Jan 29 – Geology
Feb 5 – History
Feb 12 – Infatuation
Feb 19 – Jail
Feb 26 – Kitchen
Mar 5 – Leprechaun
Mar 12 – Mountain
Mar 19 – Neon
Mar 26 – Orgasm
April 2 – Pluto
April 9 – Queen
April 16 – Radio
April 23 – Snake
April 30 – Teeth
May 7 – Unicorn
May 14 – Vortex
May 21 – Walrus
May 28 – Xenophobia
Jun 4 – Yes
Jun 11 – Zephyr

PEP Rally (PEP is an acronym for Phoenix Educational Programming) is a multi disciplinary program held in the backyard of Lawn Gnome Publishing. Each week, the show is cast and worked to fit a central theme. The participants, under the guidance of comedic hosts Hattie Jean Hayes and Matt Storrs, work together to create a holistic understanding of the topic as individual performances that become an ensemble through the central theme.

Although the show is not a completely original idea, nor is it original to Arizona, PEP Rally separates itself from other themed programs by involving academics, professionals, scientists, lawyers, business owners, and folk performers to chime in for a night with trained artists to break down the boundaries of what is and is not art and the centralized theme. Through music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, and more – PEP Rally expands the meaning of words through metaphor, irony, sarcasm, multipluralism, audience participation and more.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com.

Steve Roggenbuck – January 23rd – Phoenix

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Steve Roggenbuck is an American poet, blogger, and YouTuber. His work is noted for its utilization of internet self-publishing, creative misspelling, and themes of carpe diem and appreciation of the natural world.

Roggenbuck’s work has been profiled by the The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Gawker, The Atlantic, The Fader, The Guardian, and Flavorwire.

Roggenbuck grew up in Ruth, Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University as an undergraduate and began an MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago but dropped out in late 2011 after becoming disillusioned with the program. In 2012 he toured the United States performing his poetry, staying with Internet friends, and living frugally. During this period Roggenbuck contributed to the rapid growth of the Alt Lit writing community by moving about the country hosting alt lit parties, recruiting and inspiring new alt lit writers.

Currently Roggenbuck lives in Maine, where he started Boost House, a small press and arts residency.

Lawn Gnome Publishing and Steve Roggenbuck were meant to make vegan donuts together, but settled on throwing a really great poetry show instead.

Tickets to this limited engagement are $10 and available here.